Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gets An Extended TV Spot And Banner

TMNTThis week Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes released the first official trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the new reboot from producer Michael Bay director Jonathan Liebesman. The reaction from fans and the general public was mixed. Some people thought it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could’ve been (faint praise), while others received confirmation that the new movie isn’t going to be very good. Although the filmmakers have taken a darker approach to the Turtles, it still retains its goofy comedic edge. A new banner poster and TV spot gives people a closer and better look at the Heroes in a Half-Shell, while still adhering to the spirit of the trailer.

First up, the banner. All four Turtles are spread out and ready for action. There has been harsh criticism that the character design too ugly and look more like Shrek than the traditional Turtles. They all have they’re familiar colors, weapons, and personalities, which have been amped up for a newer generation of fans. The Turtles are also huge, so it’s going to be interesting to see how agile they are when they’re in action.


Sci-Fi Shorts: CodeHackerz Skewers Every Idiotic Movie Hacker Cliche

There are a lot of things that Hollywood movies don’t genuinely portray with a great deal of accuracy. Falling in love. The laws of physics. Hacking. Okay, so that last one isn’t necessarily the most egregious of cinema’s many, many sins, but it is the one at the core of our Sci-Fi Short film of the day: CodeHackerz, which takes Hollywood’s fanciful notions of how hacking works and then cranks them all up to 11.

CodeHackerz was created for a student film festival called Campus MovieFest — supposedly the largest festival of its sort in the world — back in 2013. The film by Jonathan Franco, Matthew Levenstein, and Micheal Parks takes as its starting point such goofy movie moments as Jeff Goldblum hacking an alien mothership in Independence Day and takes them to an only slightly more ridiculous level. See, there’s a meteor headed for the Earth, one “10 times the size of the Sun.” So who does the president call to save the day? A pair of garage hackers, naturally.


Star Wars, Doctor Who, And More Stage An Invasion Of Vintage Postcards

BritsDo people still send postcards back home? Is that still a thing or has it officially faded into obsolescence, the sort of thing kids these days would be befuddled by, like wrist watches or using a pencil to fix an unwound cassette tape? Even if so, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who collect the things, since they are by definition artistic, and some of them can sport some genuinely beautiful work. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years, it’s that the only thing more relaxing than a day at the beach is a day at the beach accompanied by the assembled might of the Empire.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Trailer Screencaps Give Leo And Mike Their Close-Ups

Earlier this week we finally got to see the first trailer for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Unsurprisingly, it’s been pretty divisive, with some praising the action on display and others criticizing the tweaks to the Turtles’ origins and appearance. Okay, it’s less “criticizing” and more “saying bad words followed or preceded by the name of Michael Bay.” And hey, I can understand Turtles fans who aren’t eager to give Bay the benefit of the doubt after the whole Transformers thing. But now that we’ve all had a couple of days to calm down, we decided to dig into the trailer, pull out a mess of screen captures, and see what secrets of the ooze it might hold. And one of the biggest things is this guy, Leonardo, looking rather badass as he strikes a pose in front of April O’Neil (Megan Fox). I mean, I’m not sure how to feel about the Venetian blinds he’s sporting on his chest, but who am I to judge contemporary ninja fashions?



Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Footage Description

DawnApesThe sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one of our most anticipated movies of the year. Director Matt Reeves will take a stab at the rebooted film franchise with an approach that should be emotionally satisfying and action packed. Now Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is generating some good buzz after Twentieth Century Fox screened footage from the film and a brand-new extended trailer at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Eric Eisenberg from our sister site Cinema Blend got a first look at the footage, and based on his glowing words, it sounds like Dawn might be even better than its predecessor. With three years between movies, CGI and filmmaking technology has grown to a point where the motion-capture apes featured in the new movie look more realistic and livelier than they did the first time around. It sounds like you can now actually tell what the apes are thinking about through their body language alone.


Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Actress Confirms Kree Empire Involvement

SkyeMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a way for Marvel Studios to branch out and expand their universe into the realm of broadcast television. While heavy hitters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor aren’t featured on the show, the episodes focus on a new team of unknown S.H.I.E.L.D. agents comprised of rookies and veterans, and led by Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. If you’re wondering to yourself, “Hey! Didn’t Loki kill Agent Coulson in The Avengers?” Well… yes and no, and the answer may involve the Kree Empire.

The mysteries of Coulson’s return have been teased through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first season. In the premiere, his resurrection came as a surprise to everyone, while Coulson himself had no memory about how he returned to life. The writers used the misdirection term “sent to Tahiti” (or T.A.H.I.T.I.) as a shortcut to what really happened. One member of the new team, Skye (Chloe Bennett), was taken to the same facility when her life was on the line. S.H.I.E.L.D. injected her with a serum made from a blue alien, the same serum that saved Coulson. Skye’s life was saved, but the blue alien has been another puzzle. As it turns out, it might have had something to do with the Kree Empire.